Not sure if My Barred Rock is normal LOL

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by mommabock, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. mommabock

    mommabock In the Brooder

    Jun 13, 2013
    I took a picture of my barred rock today because I was wondering if her tail feathers were normal. She's a round rump chicken and I didn't think they were supposed that way. When I got them at a day old I was just learning and didn't realize pasty bottom happened in a days time and I had one chick only that would get it pretty bad, and once so bad that around her little bottom was bald. Also, I think the other chickens tended to pick on her and would pluck at her feathers which gave her some bald spots so we named her "Baldy" Well, as you can see once we put them out into the yard from the house containers, she flourished and is so darn cute and certainly not bald. I'm wondering though if this may have been the chick that got pasty and now she won't have feathers that perk up in the back like the rest. Any info would be appreciated. As I said I'm a first timer and although I did lots of reading, I'm still learning.
  2. Whittni

    Whittni Crowing

    Mar 26, 2011
    Southern Utah
    Wow, how cool is that? You've a rare rumpless chicken from the looks of it!
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2013
  3. BuffBeck

    BuffBeck Chirping

    Hmm! That's cool... I think it's maybe because the other chicks could have pecked the main tail feather folicles out when she was little, so now she can't grow them in! I haven't ever heard of a rumpless Barred Rock (genetically), so either she's a super-rare chicken, or its a little battle scar she happened to aquire! Who knows, it might grow in later! :)
  4. jetdog

    jetdog Songster

    Jun 18, 2013
    Yup they pulled the tail feathers out mine looks the same way, i caught them in the act.
  5. mommabock

    mommabock In the Brooder

    Jun 13, 2013
    well...I feel so lucky that she made it so I may just tell everyone I have a rare rumpless LOLOL. I for sure think you are right though.
  6. mommabock

    mommabock In the Brooder

    Jun 13, 2013
    Also, Check out Emmie Lou in the back photo bombing my picture.
  7. farmerChef

    farmerChef Songster

    Nov 18, 2010
    Southern Georgia
    My Coop
    does she have a tail at all? Her feathers may have just been plucked out.
    Feel down her spine, if she has a tail, there will be a lump about the size of a grape that is her tail, if she doent, then you will feel a void then her pubic bones.

    This is what im talking about, if your not sure, feel some of your other chickens to compare.
  8. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    Honestly, she doesn't look rumpless to me. Those birds have a different body shape. She just looks like she's missing her tail feathers. Either way, the OP can easily tell by feeling for a tail bone as per the instructions above.

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